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Pluggable app for taxonomies, content collections, and navigation.

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Boilerplate for taxonomies, content collections, and content models using django-mptt and django-taggit.


  • Drag and drop construction of taxonomies.
  • Arbitrary relationships among groups, taxonomies, collections, content, and attachments.
  • Templates for displaying taxonomies with and without collections’ contents.


dj-content model is just boilerplate for django-mptt and django-taggit. It defines a hierarchical structure with arbitrary relationships via collections. The Quickstart example is a sufficient starting point for many projects. Each abstract class provided by dj-contentmodel is a descendant of django.db.models, so extend them as you would a Django model. The Group and Taxonomy classes are also descendants of django-mptt’s MPTTModel class and can be extended accordingly. Additional examples dj-contentmodel’s abstract classes are available at


First, install dj-contentmodel:

pip install dj-contentmodel

Then, import the abstract base classes.:

from dj_contentmodel.models import Taxonomy, Collection, Content, Attachment

Next, subclass the imported classes to create taxonomies and content models as needed. The following example is of a minimum configuration. The names of defined classes are arbitrary, but the relationships among classes are not.

class Sitemap(Taxonomy):
    """Main navigation"""
    collections = models.ManyToManyField('Bucket', blank=True)
    class Meta:
        verbose_name = "Category"
        verbose_name_plural = "Categories"

class Bucket(Collection):
    """Arbitrary collections to group content."""
    contents = models.ManyToManyField('Page', blank=True)

class Page(Content):

class Report(Attachment):
    parents = models.ManyToManyField('Page', blank=True)

Finally, register your models with the admin.

from django.contrib import admin
from mptt.admin import DraggableMPTTAdmin

Without a migration, it may be necessary to create the tables.:

python migrate --run-syncdb

Running Tests

Does the code actually work? For now I have my fingers crossed. Later iterations will be test driven and include integration and performance testing.

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install -r requirements_test.txt
(myenv) $ python


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0.1.0 (2016-06-07)

  • First release on PyPI.

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